PUBLICATION (CANADA), Trick Not Telos
Trick Not Telos by Katherine McKittrick was curated by Liz Ikiriko and Katherine McKittrick, design direction by Cristian Ordóñez. French translations are by Lyse Hébert. Print production by The Gas Company. Parts of this project were funded by the SSHRC Canada Research Chair in Black Studies at Queen’s University.
8x10 (5 books + unbound booklet); 11x8.5x2.5 (Box); English and French. 100 copies.
An experiment in repetition and revision, Trick Not Telos takes words and ideas that have already been shared and refashions them outside their original context. The project understands written academic narratives as flexible and shifting yet tethered to a past formation or iteration; the project seeks to express how ideas on the page are simultaneously tactile, opaque, and precise and thus how the written word, and the academic argument, have the capacity to unravel while also maintaining historical traces. Trick Not Telos is, in part, working through and complementing Amiri Baraka’s “the changing same” by illuminating how creative unboundedness is harnessed to black energy, memory, and place.1 As a method, the changing same is the engagement, sharing, reading and response to black ideas (songs, narratives, spirituals, tunes, words, lyrics, impulses, sounds) with a recognition of contested and broken and seamless creative genealogies. In this, black creative and intellectual works are comprised of entanglements of the things that never left us and ongoing effacement. Trick Not Telos sits with this creative uneasiness; it emerges from both trace and impossibility. The five essays shared here have been written and read and published before. They were given permission to repeat. They were re-read and reformatted and shared. They were translated toward French and re-imagined as French-English pairs. They were redesigned. They were recontextualized and remade as academic objects that perhaps desire, but may not fully realize, black aesthetic possibilities. Trick Not Telos is inspired by the work of Krista Franklin, Neta Bomani, Alec Soth, Roy DeCarava, Adrien Piper, among others. It is guided by the beautiful art book, the tactual photography book, the spines of novels, pages of verse and vellum and uncoated paper and the weaver’s knot and the vinyl box set. Ruth Wilson Gilmore’s reading of “Plantation Futures” inspired the title, Trick Not Telos.
INTERVIEW (UK), C4 Journal — link here
Grateful for the nice conversation I had with Andy and Callum from C4 Journal about my process and the works On Trial, Notes, Frequency and Displace.
PUBLICATION (Chile/Canada), Multinacionales y Comunidades
Part of the photographic work "Valle", created as part of a research project in collaboration with Associate Professor, Eduardo Ordonez-Ponce. This publication is created in response to ongoing research that began in early 2022, including a visit to the Huasco Valley in Atacama, Chile in October of the same year. Specially produced in a limited edition to deliver the preliminary quantitative results to the community of Huasco, namely actors from the civil society, the public sector, indigenous peoples, business people and ordinary citizens who participated in this process.
Funded by Athabasca University and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of the Government of Canada, in collaboration with the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Santiago de Chile. Created and edited by Eduardo Ordonez-Ponce, PhD, Athabasca University and Photographer, Cristian Ordóñez.
EXHIBITION (CANADA), Galery 44 (group show) — link here
My books "Displace" published by Another Earth and "On Trial" published by acb-press will be available at Salon 44, Gallery 44's annual fundraising exhibition in support of exhibition and education programs, bringing together a collection of over 60 established and emerging artists with valued works for both new and seasoned collectors. Salon 44 is co-chaired by Emilie Croning and Maegan Broadhurst. Opening this Thursday 2 in Toronto from 7-10pm.